Film / Glitter

Glitter is a 2001 musical drama film directed by Vondie Curtis Hall and starring Mariah Carey.

The film centers around Billie Frank (Carey), a young woman who, after being raised in a foster home with her two best friends after her alcoholic mother leaves her, seeks to become one of the biggest musicians during the 1980's with some help from a local disc jockey named Dice (Mex Beesley) after he sees her as a backup vocalist for another singer in the recording booth. Billie becomes famous instantly and she and Dice hook up, but the pressure of her newfound celebrity begins to put a strain on their relationship, which forces Billie to decide what she wants from Dice, and what she wants for herself.

Tropes seen in the film:

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Billie for Dice.
  • Anachronism Stew:
    • Despite taking place in the '80s, there were few to no references that it did take place in the said decade, either due to indifference from the production crew or believing that Viewers Are Morons.
    • This is especially true regarding Carey's wardrobe.
  • Artistic License Biology: As Todd in the Shadows and Musical Hell pointed out in their respective reviews of the film, Billie's cat should be dead at the time the film should be taking place.
  • Artistic License History: As mentioned above, none of Carey's outfits looked like they're from the 80s and characters were seen with modern cell phones.
  • Big Bad: Timothy Walker.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Dice ends up dead, but not before finding Billie's long-lost and now-sober mother, who she reunites with at the end of the movie.
  • But Not Too Black: Billie is half-African-American, half-Caucasian.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Billie has this — Her alcoholic mother, whom she was close to, had to give her up due to said alcoholism (and for almost setting their apartment on fire), her father abandoned her and wanted nothing to do with her and she is sent to live in an orphanage as a child.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: "It's not a date!"
  • Known Only by Their Nickname:
    • Julian "Dice" Black almost exclusively goes by his nickname.
    • Played straight with Sylk as we never learn her real name.
  • Lady Drunk: Lillian Frank. She gets better, though.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Rafael, who is played by Halle Berry's then-husband, Eric Benet. Billie's back-up dancers in the Loverboy video shoot also count.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Carey, of course.
  • Nice Hat: Timothy's fedora, which we never see him without.
  • Pretty in Mink: Billie at the USA Music Awards show is in pink mink mini-dress.
  • She Is All Grown Up: We see Billie go from a child in the Seventies to a beautiful young woman circa 1983.
  • The '80s: Ostensibly.
  • The '70s: Briefly.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Dice, who becomes increasingly embittered, rude and envious as the movie goes on.
  • True Companions: Billie, Louise and Roxanne are so close, it's easier to identify them as her sisters rather than her friends.